The 2nd prisoner riding in the paddy wagon with Freddie Gray the day he was fatally injured now says he fears for his life.
Gray, 25, died of a broken neck a week after he was injured in the back of a Baltimore police paddy wagon on April 12.
Donta Allen, who was arrested for stealing a cigarette, was placed in the paddy wagon after it had already made 3 stops with the unconscious Gray inside.
“I am Donta Allen. I am the one who was in the van with Freddie Gray,” Allen told WJZ's Mike Schuh.
“All I did was go straight to the station, but I heard a little banging like he was banging his head,” he said.
In an earlier interview with WBAL's Jayne Miller, Allen, 22, said he heard "light banging" from the other side of the partition. He tapped lightly on a stair banister to describe the noise he heard.
What Allen seems to be describing is the sound a man's head makes when he is unconscious, unrestrained, and unable to brace himself in anticipation of a vehicle's movements.
As the van accelerated, decelerated, or turned, Gray's unrestrained head would have been jostled and bounced around, causing his head to collide against a hard surface.
Allen told Schuh that he was angry at the Washington Post for implying that he said Gray was "intentionally" trying to hurt himself.
“And they trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to hisself (sic),” Allen said. “Why the [expletive] would he do that to hisself (sic)?”
Allen told WJZ he now fears for his life as a result of the Post's unethical and biased reporting.
"I had two options today right, either come and talk to y’all and get my credibility straight with ya’ll and not get killed by these [expletive] or not tell a true story,” Allen added. “The only reason I’m doing this is because they put my name in a bad state.”
The leftist liberal Washington Post twisted Allen's words to imply that Gray banged his head hard enough to break his own neck. An allegation so medically absurd that it is laughable.
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